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Against the grain is the first general history of the British far left to be published in the twenty-first century. Its contents cover a range of organisations beyond the Labour Party, bringing together leading experts on British left-wing politics to examine issues of class, race and gender from 1956 to the present day. The essays collected here are designed to highlight the impact made by the far left on British politics and society. Though the predicted revolution did not come, organisations such as the International Socialists, the International Marxist Group and Militant became household names in the 1970s and 1980s. Taken as a whole, the collection demonstrates the extent to which the far left has weaved its influence into the political fabric of Britain.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of contributors
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. List of abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction: The far left in Britain from 1956
  2. Evan Smith, Matthew Worley
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I: Movements
  1. 1. Engaging with Trotsky: the influence of Trotskyism in Britain
  2. John Callaghan
  3. pp. 25-44
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  1. 2. The New Left: Beyond Stalinism and social democracy?
  2. Paul Blackledge
  3. pp. 45-61
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  1. 3. Narratives of radical lives: the roots of 1960s activism and the making of the British left
  2. Celia Hughes
  3. pp. 62-79
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  1. 4. Marching separately, seldom together: the political history of two principal trends in British Trotskyism, 1945–2009
  2. Phil Burton-Cartledge
  3. pp. 80-97
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  1. 5. Opposition in slow motion: the CPGB’s ‘anti-revisionists’ in the 1960s and 1970s
  2. Lawrence Parker
  3. pp. 98-114
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  1. 6. Dissent from dissent: the ‘Smith/Party’ Group in the 1970s CPGB
  2. Andrew Pearmain
  3. pp. 115-132
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  1. 7. British anarchism in the era of Thatcherism
  2. Rich Cross
  3. pp. 133-152
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  1. Part II: Issues
  1. 8. Jam tomorrow?: Socialist women and Women’s Liberation, 1968–82: an oral history approach
  2. Sue Bruley
  3. pp. 155-172
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  1. 9. Something new under the sun: the revolutionary left and gay politics
  2. Graham Willett
  3. pp. 173-189
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  1. 10. ‘Vicarious pleasure’?: The British far left and the third world, 1956–79
  2. Ian Birchall
  3. pp. 190-208
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  1. 11. Anti-racism and the socialist left, 1968–79
  2. Satnam Virdee
  3. pp. 209-228
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  1. 12. Red Action – left-wing political pariah: some observations regarding ideological apostasy and the discourse of proletarian resistance
  2. Mark Hayes
  3. pp. 229-246
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  1. 13. Anti-fascism in Britain, 1997–2012
  2. David Renton
  3. pp. 247-263
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 264-269
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781847799234
MARC Record
OCLC
980836572
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-07
Language
English
Open Access
No
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